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Black Snake Moan Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 1, 2007
A cartoonish Baby Doll, with a suggestive blues song title, about sex, guilt and redemption. Black Snake is also a rather flimsy parable unable to support the weight of Brewers ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 1, 2007
The music in the film is terrific -- searing, gut-twisting wails of loss and despair...But The portrayal of Rae 's compulsive need for sex and of her always-perfect, always exposed little body is exploitive, more trashy than steamy.
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 1, 2007
Black Snake Moan strikes me as hogwash. It fundamentally does not work; its consciously far-fetched, out-there notions of the things damaged people do in the name of love are reductive and go only so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
May 7, 2007
Frankly, I'm shocked by the number of critics who have been praising the film. To my mind, the movie doesn't even rate to be called camp. It's simply a bad idea gone wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 27, 2007
The blues music in Moan is superfine, but my oh my, what to make of the ripe Southern cliches and this absurd story.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Craig Brewer, the promising director who hit it with Hustle and Flow, seems to harbor a need to exorcise his white burden through films centered on black music.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Edward Douglas
March 1, 2007
If nothing else, Brewer has come up with the perfect solution for dealing with the dozens of out-of-control teen actresses in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
February 27, 2007
Vulgar and salacious. If this is what you like, this is the movie for you.
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Brian Orndorf
March 1, 2007
If writer/director Craig Brewer were a member of the X-Men, he would be called 'FirstActo,' and his mutant power would be creating dynamic openings to movies. His enemy would be consistency.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 13, 2007
Feels about as authentic as the radiator in that semi-tropical countryside, where the only steamy stuff one can imagine being generated, is from that temptress in heat chained up to it.
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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 27, 2007
Chaining people to your radiator is a Wrong Thing To Do. This is not the opinion of Black Snake Moan.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
Brewer knows his music, and how to make it the center of a story; if he only did a better job filling in the rest of the blanks, this might've worked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 1, 2007
An absurdly jarring collection of archetypal characters in miserable circumstances with a resolution that feels forced and tacked on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
Moan? You're more likely to be groaning - or possibly hooting with laughter at the implausibility of this messy, misogynistic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 3, 2007
That's the hypocrisy that tears this fascinating film apart: The female sexual urge must be broken, but the male sexual urge can be celebrated in song.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
February 27, 2007
Elicits a potent desire to sponge off the sleaze.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 20, 2007
Oh lordy, when the music stops, this movie needs a respirator.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 28, 2007
Be prepared to collapse into a hoot and a howl of hilarity at all the wrong moments.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 1, 2007
The picture may look pulpishly provocative, but while Brewer constantly confounded our expectations in Hustle & Flow, this time he barely ruffles our feathers once he establishes his outrageous dime-novel tone.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 2, 2007
In spite of Amelia Vincent's toothsome cinematography and the down-home locations, the movie often has the lumbering, literal-minded rhythms of a second-rate stage play -- not a moan or a howl, but a slow, anxious groan.
| Original Score: 2/5
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